traditional added a topic in Under Glass'41 Chevy Standard Coupe...late '60s traditional street rodThis one has taken a lot of time and although I'll be tweaking lots of details for a few days to come, these are the first pics of the vehicle in relatively finished condition.
This '41 Chevy coupe was done from a relatively crude and disproportionate 1/24 Testors kit, so there was a major amount of modification to the proportions in all respects, the most important of which were: raising and re-contouring the roof, opening up (and re-contouring) all windows, recessing the grille area, lowering and re-contouring the rocker panel, cutting open the trunk and forming a trunk-lid and its tiny hinges in aluminum, and fabricating tight swing door hinges.
I used simple and clean '40s Chev truck bumpers, and I've added subtle '60s era custom touches throughout the model (including a brass fuel-filler door).
The kit engine is now replaced with a detailed 396" Chevy (wiring, plumbing, fuel line, linkage, return spring, mesh filter, etc.) and the wheels are Chevy disc-brake style, painted with Alclad and Humbrol orange.
The hood is louvered, interior (and trunk) carpeting is in felt, upholstery is custom tuck-n-roll, and the new front seat backs fold forward for access to the rear seat.
The complete exhaust system (including the lakes plugs) is custom made.
When I decided to make a '41 Chevy coupe, I originally gave some thought to beginning this project with a Danbury Mint '41 Chevy coupe but they're expensive, very rare, and they, too, have a slightly too low and too flat roof. Besides, I really enjoy a challenge.
Paint is custom mixed 'pearl orange russet' and the building materials used include: styrene, clear polycarbonate, aluminum, brass, silver wire, Bondo, felt, vinyl, resin, and diecast.
Full size '41 Chevy 'greenhouse area
Testors' disproportionate body shapes
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traditional added a post in a topic Bos-Models resin...1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast ModelsBos-Models resin...1982 Cadillac Fleetwood BroughamI've just received this 1/18 resin model and, although I'm not a 'luxury car guy', this model is beautifully finished. ...one of Bos-Models' best reproductions of an American car, in my opinion.
In the last pic, I've added my two other 'Bos' American cars...a Cadillac Eldorado and a '57 Imperial......both of which are quite attractive, but fall far short of this Fleetwood Brougham in proportion and detail. The Eldorado required lots of added work with foil as well as changing the 'pimp style' whitewalls to more appropriate narrow white-walls, and the Imperial is disproportionately wide and low in the 'greenhouse' area.
Bos-Models has done lots of well done European vehicles but it's taken them a few tries to get the American cars reasonably well.
The best source that I've found for Bos-Models in the US is through 'American Excellence'.....their prices seem to usually be less than half of the typical Ebay prices.
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traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast ModelsBos-Models' 1/18 Lotus XI (with modified windshield)The Lotus XI was built from 1956 until 1958 as a collaboration between Colin Chapman (Lotus cars) and Frank Costin (aerodynamic stylist). I think that this lightweight race car was exceptionally pretty even by today's standards, and, for years, there have been companies producing reproductions of them for use as club racers. .
Bos-Models' little racer originally depicted a version that was used for a speed record using an enclosed canopy.....very well done, but I wanted the more common open cockpit version using a low windscreen (but still with the headrest styling), so the canopy was removed and a polycarbonate windscreen was cut and formed to replace it.
Bos also makes the non-headrest version of this Lotus for those who want an open cockpit racer that already uses a low windscreen.
The best prices that I can find for Bos-Models in the US is from American Excellence. I'm not affiliated with them in any way.
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traditional added a topic in Under GlassAnother old model, finally photographed....MGTCI'm enjoying photographing some of my old models that were completed decades before the digital photography age.
This ENTEX MGTC model was done a couple of decades ago and the only modifications that I seem to have made were: my own metal hinges for the 'suicide' doors (I can't remember what the problem was with the original kit hinges), and also the spark-plug wiring (again, I can't remember whether the original model came with a wiring setup or not). I believe that the model was 1/16 scale.
Paint is basecoat/clearcoat, so my build date was probably in the late '80s/early '90s.
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traditional added a topic in Under GlassOld model,..finally photographed: '57 Reventlow ScarabI'm enjoying photographing some of my old models that were completed decades before the digital photography age.
This model was completed in the late '70s, mildly modified from a 1/25 Strombecker Scarab kit. I was following an article in a sportscar book about one of the original Scarabs that had been modified into a street version back in the day. Mods included the hood scoop and the polished exhaust.
I do have an original unbuilt kit that I intend to build into the original race version one day soon.
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traditional added a topic in Under GlassA bunch of Merit racecar kit builds... first time photographedSeeing Dave Bantoft's cool Merit kit restorations here a few days ago made me realize that I've never photographed my old Merit kit builds that I completed in the mid '70s from some original '50s kits that I'd bought years before I built them.
These were really simple basic kits of British and European racers and the only modifications that I made were scoring clear discs to simulate the wire wheels and finishing the models at their belt-lines where the upper and lower halves typically joined. I painted, back then, with a Binks Wren airbrush using Testors bottle paint thinned with (believe it or not) naptha fuel. Yes, I always painted outside, obviously, but even back then I prided myself in good shiny smooth paint finishes.These have all been kept together, dust free, in one of the original Monogram 'step style' display cases made to hold 6 or 7 smallish 1/25 scale models.
Early '50s Cooper with J.A.P. 500CC motor
1955 Connaught Tybe B Grand prix racer
1949/1950 Talbot Lago T26C Grand Prix racer
1950/51 Alfa Romeo 159 Alfetta Grand Prix racer
1956 Aston Martin DB 3S
1956-1958 Lotus Eleven
1957 Vanwall VW5 Formula 1 Racer
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traditional added a topic in Under Glass: Pickups, Vans, SUVs, Light CommercialHILUX VS Utility.....92 Toyota 4X4sThese two 1/24 '92 Toyotas were completed a while ago (long while ago) but I was just having fun retaking pics using my recent photo tent.The HILUX is pretty much box stock Fujimi but the basic version is modified (using brochure reference) by removing the raised rubber side trim, filling in the sun-roof, fabricating a bench seat, and removing all the delux chrome trim and accessories. The stock basic wheels were pirated from a land cruiser kit, and the 'TOYOTA tailgate lettering' was done with Letraset pressure sensitive lettering. Paint on both models is automotive basecoat/clearcoat.
While I like both versions, I'm kind of partial to the 'utility version'.
I'm also including a couple of pics of the Hilux with a couple of smaller scale models of virtually the same vehicle.....a 1/43 HI-STORY resin model and a 1/87th version that came in a chocolate egg.
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traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast ModelsDeuce 5 window...GMP kit and incomplete 5 window body
I've just completed this traditional Deuce 5 window by modifying and combining a GMP roadster kit with an incomplete diecast 5 window body.
All the parts were stripped of paint and the front window detail had to be modified for proportion by making the top of the window opening less curved (bonding a wire form to the metal body). Simulated rubber running board detail was added to the fenders, and I also added the black top insert detail.
I used the wheels from the GMP kit but substituted smaller diameter rear tires from my parts bin since the ones in the kit were a bit oversize in diameter. The simulated Mercury caps are plated fabric snaps.
I wanted to use something a bit different for the drive train so I made a tri-carb 348 Chevy from the 409 used in an Ertl 'American Graffiti' '55 Chevy gasser. The tri-carb intake is entirely scratchbuilt including all the fuel lines, carb linkages, filters, etc. the capped header and exhaust system is also scratchbuilt using silver solder and polished aluminum tubing.
The interior is done in grey and blue base coat (satin finish) and the exterior paint is custom mixed pearl blue basecoat/clearcoat. The carpeting for the interior and trunk is done in grey felt.
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